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Kidney research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton developed as a result of clinical and basic science researchers coming together to increase medical understanding and develop cutting-edge solutions, such as new drugs, treatments, and practices.

Researchers are exploring novel small molecules that may have beneficial interactions at the cellular level and ultimately lead to improvements in cardiorenal health.

Our institution is home to the Hamilton Centre for Kidney Research, which allows basic science and clinical researchers to translate their findings from the laboratory bench to the clinical bedside, improving patient care and outcomes. Our kidney researchers are studying the mechanisms involved in kidney failure caused by diabetes and hypertension – the two most common causes of kidney failure in North America.

Kidney researchers collaborate with urologists to establish tumour banks in both of these areas. Clinical collaboration between both disciplines has resulted in the City of Hamilton developing into the second largest transplant program in the province.

Research Pillar Lead:

 Dr. Richard Austin

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Richard Austin
Amgen Canada Chair in Nephrology